It says a lot about a player when he lists his proudest achievements in a sport. There are a host of accomplishments that can be pointed out, but when a guy starts talking about team stuff — like helping the Junior A Langley Thunder win their first playoff series, or helping a Coquitlam intermediate team end a long playoff drought — that gives you a good idea of where his mindset is. Kind of Langley’s Colton Dow. The forward can score points, yes, but he understands that’s just part of the process. And when his part of the process helps bring success to a team, that’s what being part of a team is all about. That’s the attitude that makes a team stronger, and Dow is hoping he can help strengthen a National Lacrosse League team by hearing his name called at the Oct. 1 entry draft in Toronto.
Dow got his junior career started in his hometown Coquitlam, with limited action in 2009 and 2010 before landing with the Burnaby Lakers late in 2010. He scored a career-best 48 points (22-26) for the Lakers in 2011, then scored 33 (12-21) with the Lakers this summer before he was traded to Langley late in the season.
He jumped right into the lineup and contributed, especially in the Thunder’s 5 playoff games, where he scored 12 points (7-5). But as capable as he is as a finisher, Dow sees himself as a better set-up man, taking pride in finding the cutter and reading a defense to know what he can get away with when it comes to producing a goal for either himself, or a teammate.
Outside of the box, Dow’s had a very productive career as an attackman at Simon Fraser University. He was an MCLA honorable mention pick and PNCLL first-team in 2011 after scoring 111 points in 18 games (56-55). In 2012, he was PNCLL second team after scoring 51 points (29-22).
The 6-foot left-hander has shown his game to be a versatile one, whether on the field or in the box. But come this winter, he’s determined to show his skills in box lacrosse are worthy of the National Lacrosse League.
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 175 lbs
Junior A: Langley Thunder
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I think my ability to learn quickly and work with different types of players would help translate my game.
One word to describe your game? Intelligent.
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? I see myself as a good set-up man. I like to create opportunities for my teammates.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Jamie Lincoln. I watched him a little bit growing up and I’d like to think we have a similar style.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? It’s close between breaking Coquitlam Intermediates long drought of not winning gold and helping Langley Thunder win their first ever Junior playoff series.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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